1. phrasal verb If you beat out sounds on a drum or similar instrument, you make the sounds by hitting the instrument. [V P n] ⇒ Drums and cymbals beat out a solemn rhythm. 2. phrasal verb If you beat out a fire, you cause it to go out by hitting it, usually with an object such as a blanket. [V P n] ⇒ His brother beat out the flames with a blanket. [V n P] ⇒ She managed to beat the fire out. 3. phrasal verb → beat If you beat out someone in a competition, you defeat them. [mainly US] [V P n] ⇒ Indianapolis beat out nearly 100 other cities as the site for a huge United Airlines maintenance center. [V n P] ⇒ If we are certain a rival will beat us out, we are wide open to jealousy.
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